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Seniors
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Creating a Comfortable Space for Seniors
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

The world’s senior population is continuing to grow fast. The United Nations projects that by 2030 the global senior population will grow to 1.4 billion. With this growing population, the number of people impacted by an age-related disease or health condition will significantly increase. For example, more than 90 percent of adults have a deficit in at least one of their five senses, according to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (more…)

Seniors
Facilitating the Human Connection Where it Matters Most
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

I recently returned from a trip to Japan to see first-hand the role robotics play in senior living communities. While robots are a growing topic throughout the North American seniors’ industry, Japan’s rapidly expanding elderly population and corresponding caregiver shortage has accelerated the technology.

In her 2014 paper published by Brookings, “How Humans Respond to Robots: Building Public Policy through Good Design,” Heather Knight discusses why she believes robotics will become an accepted part of daily life. (more…)

Seniors
Really Celebrate Older Americans Month
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

70 is the new 40. Age is just a number. You’re only as old as you feel.

Clichés aside, seriously; what’s age got to do with it?

As my colleague David Boyd Williams wrote in a recent blog on ageism – leveraging the wealth of experience that older adults offer is good for our society. And, when senior living communities highlight their residents’ vibrant contributions, they underscore the great things inspired age can bring. (more…)

Seniors
When Culture Matters Most
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

Those of us associated with senior living often receive several industry newsletters every morning. They almost always include the latest on the hottest topic — staffing, specifically the challenges faced in hiring, training and retaining committed employees to care for residents.

The situation is serious; LeadingAge statistics show that the average employee turnover at Life Plan Communities is 42 percent. National senior living research firm Holleran conducted a study that revealed the average new employee’s “honeymoon period” lasts about a year, Senior Housing News reported.  After that, things get challenging and retention falters. (more…)

Seniors
Quality of Life is Not One Size Fits All When it Comes to Experienced Adults
David Boyd Williams
David Boyd Williams

Director of Global Diversity,

Sodexo

For some seniors, quality of life is not only a function of how they measure enjoyment and fulfillment in life; it is also about how they believe they are perceived by society in general. Questions such as, “Do you see me as someone over the hill or someone with wisdom and experience?” now punctuate the public sphere. How can the experience of seniors be seen as a value to both their own quality of life and that of those around them? Rather than being seen through a narrow lens, the seniors industry has an opportunity to enhance society’s understanding of the significant experiences that older adults offer.

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Doing Winter Better – Why Where You Live Matters
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

Snow, ice, cold, slippery roads – and isolation. And that’s on good days, when an ice storm or high winds haven’t knocked down the power lines. No senior in this situation is singing, “Hello, darkness, my old friend.” (more…)

Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Still a Person – Dementia’s Impact on Quality of Life
Thomas Jelley
Thomas Jelley

Director,
Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life

This is the second blog in a continuing series based on the findings from the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life’s recent roundtable on memory care. Read the full whitepaper: “Treat me like a person, because that is what I still am.”

 

We each have a unique set of circumstances that determine our quality of life (QOL). This can include environmental factors, health and well-being, socio-economic status and more. For the more than five million Americans who live with dementia, QOL is influenced by a completely different set of circumstances. (more…)

Seniors Health & Wellbeing
The Stigma of Living with Dementia
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

This is the first blog in a continuing series based on the findings from the Institute for Quality of Life’s roundtable on memory care. Read the full whitepaper: “Treat me like a person, because that is what I still am.”

Dementia is perceived differently by different people. Broadly, dementia refers to a decline in mental ability serious enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform common activities. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that one in nine Americans over the age of 65 is impacted by dementia. As the 75 million baby boomers (ages 51-69) grow older, the number of Americans with dementia will significantly increase. (more…)